On December 13, 2016, H.R. 34 (also known as the 21st Century Cures Act) was overwhelmingly passed by the 114th Congress with bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Barack Obama. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the bill “cut[s] bureaucratic red tape that slows the progress of science.”  The 21st Century Cures Act helps reduce research delays stemming from the so called Paperwork Reduction Act, gives government scientists more ease in traveling to meetings to learn about recent findings, and increases support for data sharing among NIH sponsored research. Continue Reading ▶︎
ISGMH has had a very successful year, in part due to the breadth of grant funding received by investigators. NIH awarded three of ISGMH’s early career faculty members with their first R01 grants in 2016. While the average age of first-time R01 funding for a Ph.D.-level investigator is 42, all of these faculty members are under 35. Continue Reading ▶︎
Francesca Gaiba, Ph.D., Associate Director of ISGMH and Research Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern, has been named a Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellow by Northwestern University.
The Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship is a yearlong program provided by Northwestern in partnership with OpEd Project that helps to provide a select number of Northwestern scholars with support and resources for increasing their visibility and influence as thought leaders. Continue Reading ▶︎
The Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) lauds the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for formally recognizing sexual and gender minority people as a health disparities population. The Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education Act of 2000 authorizes the Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), in consultation with the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) at the U.S. Continue Reading ▶︎
The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) and Center on Halsted (COH) are organizing the fifth annual National LGBTQ Health Conference: Bridging Research and Practice, to be held on April 28-30, 2017, in Chicago. The National LGBTQ Health Conference is an interdisciplinary translational research conference that aims to bring together scientists, public health professionals, and healthcare providers. Continue Reading ▶︎
Gregory Phillips II, Ph.D., Director of Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) Program in ISGMH and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University was recently interviewed for a Metro Weekly piece by John Riley on the risks of STIs in relation to hookup apps. Continue Reading ▶︎
The National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases awarded supplemental funding to the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (TCCFAR) to support the Chicago site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Project PrIDE through a project titled “PrEP Implementation Science Research to Inform an Integrated Public Health Model for Biomedical HIV Prevention in Chicago.” Richard D’Aquila, M.D., Director of TCCFAR, is the Principal Investigator, and Dr. Continue Reading ▶︎
Written by Blair Turner, Research Data Analyst
The Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) at Northwestern University held its inaugural State of LGBT Health Symposium on August 18, 2016. The symposium offered the first in a yearly series connecting policy and research in LGBT health. Reflecting this mission, the symposium was attended by a diverse crowd including federal and state policy makers, academic researchers, community–based organizations, activists, and religious organizations. Continue Reading ▶︎
Dr. Brian Mustanski, Tenured Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Psychology at Northwestern University; Director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing; and Co-Director of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research, has been awarded $9.3 million from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) to for an innovative study of eHealth interventions to prevent HIV among adolescent men who have sex with men (AMSM). Continue Reading ▶︎
Listen to Dr. Brian Mustanski, Director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, Co-Director of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research, and Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences, be interviewed by Tony Serabia on WBEZ’s Morning Shift about educating young people on HIV.